Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Guest post by Meg Benjamin + Giveaway

I love wedding romances and if you follow the blog you might have already gotten glimpses of the new Promise Harbor Wedding Series (first introduced by Kelly Jamieson and then through a Bride's Wedding Day Checklist by Erin Nicholas). I enjoyed Jilted the 1st book in the series and couldn't wait to read on and see what happened with the other characters. Well today I am happy to welcome to Ex Libris Meg Benjamin, author of Bolted, the second story in the series, which follows the matron of honour who escapes after the blotched wedding. So join us as Meg tells us about some wedding etiquette tips and there is also a fantastic giveaway at the end! ;-) 

Some Etiquette Tips, Courtesy of Bolted
by Meg Benjamin

Bolted, the second book of the Promise Harbor Wedding quartet, features the kind of wedding most of us would prefer not to have. But you can always pick up a few tips, even from the worst disasters. So here are some etiquette suggestions for the wedding and the aftermath.

• Don’t let the bridesmaid with the Gone With the Wind fetish pick out the bridesmaid dresses unless you’re really fond of crinoline yourself

• Make sure you know proper bridesmaid behavior: is the matron of honor responsible for catching the bride if she faints or is that up to the groom (or possibly the bride’s other Significant Other)?

• Collect all cell phones and cameras as guests enter the church, otherwise you may find the most embarrassing moments of your wedding on YouTube before you know it.

• If the organist opens the door for the bride’s ex-boyfriend to carry her out of the church, she automatically forfeits her wedding fee

• Don’t neglect to tell your mother your own marital status, even if she’s busily planning your brother’s wedding. She won’t appreciate hearing about the divorce from your ex-husband.

• If you decide to take a quick vacation, it’s a good idea to bring along a change of clothes, especially if you’re wearing the Crinolines From Hell. Otherwise, you may find yourself short on underwear (which may or may not be a problem depending on your companion).

• If you’re caught in an archaeological dig and are rescued by a strange woman in a Gone With the Wind costume, it’s considered bad form to stare down her dress, no matter how nice the view.

• A missing cell phone charger is no excuse not to tell your mother where you’re currently hiding out and when you’ll be returning.

• If your former spouse shows up unannounced, it does not obligate you to curtail your romantic activities, even if he disapproves.

• While long engagements have their place, so does love at first sight, provided the attraction is mutual and smokin’.

• No matter how dire things may seem, there’s always the possibility for HEA.

Bolted by Meg Benjamin

Book #2 in the Promise Harbor Wedding series

Sometimes you have to get lost before you can find yourself.

Greta Brewster McBain in a bind. Two, if she’s really counting. First there’s the can-barely-breathe, bridesmaid’s dress from hell. Second, the stranger who just carried her “perfect” brother’s fiancée out the church door has made it impossible to tell her own mother about her own divorce.

Rather than confirm her reputation as the family screw-up, Greta takes a drive to clear her head.

Trapped in a hole and unable to reach his cell phone, Hank Mitchell is resigned to becoming a permanent part of his own archeological dig when help arrives—in the form of a woman who looks like a Gone With The Wind refugee. Behind the ruffles and lace, though, is something he appreciates: a woman who isn’t afraid of a little dirt.

Their instant connection draws Greta into the eccentric world of the Hotel Grand, where she impulsively trades her hoopskirts for an apron. Soon things are getting hot, not only in the hotel kitchen, but in Hank’s arms...

Warning: Contains hot moonlit sex, a melancholy turtle, two wisecracking seniors, and the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress.

Buy at Amazon - Samhain

Meg Benjamin writes contemporary romance for Samhain Publishing and paranormal romance for Berkley InterMix. Her books have won an EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the New England Romance Writers Beanpot Award, and the Holt Medallion among other honors. Meg lives in Colorado and loves to hear from readers—contact her at:


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